West End

Producer & General Manager

Playful Productions co-produced and general managed the West End transfer of the historical two-part thriller Imperium – I: Conspirator and II: Dictator, based on the Cicero Trilogy by Robert Harris. Adapted by Mike Poulton, Imperium will run for a 12 week limited engagement at London’s Gielgud Theatre from 14 June to 8 September 2018.

Told through the watchful eyes of Cicero’s loyal secretary, Imperium – I: Conspirator chronicles how the great orator’s early success unwittingly paves the way for a brutal and bloody end to the Republic.

With Rome in chaos at the beginning of Imperium – II: Dictator, Cicero must use all his brilliance to restore the power of the Senate from the civic mob and their would-be Emperor, one Julius Caesar.

Richard McCabe reprises his role as Cicero (Olivier and Tony Award-winner for The Audience and BBC’s Collateral) and Joseph Kloska returns as Tiro (RSC’s Written On The Heart and Netflix The Crown).

Imperium is co-produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and Playful Productions.

“Robert Harris’ Cicero epic is a Roman triumph. An exhilarating and timely political drama… beautifully acted by Bill McCabe in a career-defining performance.” Michael Billington, The Guardian ★★★★★